At quarterback, Matt Koman will get the first look as the starting signal-caller, but also in the mix is Fresno State bounceback Ebahn Feathers, a multi-talented athlete who can do a number of things well.
Dezerick Reed (186 yards; 6 TDs) and Kenjay Trueblood will be the featured running backs this fall and both tough-running backs who can make yards after contact.
The receivers to watch in 2011 are Tim Vizzi (13 rec., 209 yards, 3 TDs) and Kordarius Rice (22 rec., 315 yards, 3 TDs). Rice has a huge frame (6'3", 205) and strong hands, while Vizzi is shifty and quick and was named 2nd Team All-Conference for his efforts.
Along the offensive line, Kenston Redfearn anchors things and will be joined by sophomore Logan Nester who redshirted last year.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Pirates are loaded with talent and could have several players end up with D-1 scholarships before the end of the season.
DE Kalvin Cruz is already getting plenty of early attention from four years schools. With his 6'3", 275-pound frame and explosive first step, the talented line prospect was able to post 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 as a freshman last fall.
Donovan Brownlee and Daniel Miller are also players outside to keep an eye on.
Inside, DT Justin Rhodes is expected to demand double-teams and hold strong against the run.
Nixon, whose brother plays for UTEP, posted 75 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, four sacks and 10 passes defensed and has an offer from New Mexico State and interest from several more D-1 schools.
The secondary has several top prospects including cornerbacks Antwone McGuire and Jaime Holloway and safeties Esa Johnwell, a Washington State bounceback, and Ryan Landeseal will be counted on to hold down the deep patrol.
Last week, the Pirates traveled to Moorpark a got a thrilling 31-26 win to start the season 1-0 and this Saturday they face off against a loaded Fullerton squad on the road before returning home on the 17th to play host to Santa Barbara City College.